Letter – Cruel choice by supervisors

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

Alert! Alert! Despite getting a windfall of tax money in inflated car values even after reducing the tax rate, our county supervisors have voted to return the tax rate back to $4.50 per $100 of assessed value.  

A somewhat attempt to help the citizens of the county fight inflation has gone down in flames. The supervisors have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory one more time. 

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Yes, citizens on Social Security have gotten a very good but needed cost-of-living raise effective in January. However, inflation has already increased over 5% this year. The supervisors are considering voting themselves a substantial pay raise that would offset any tax increase (inflation or otherwise) to go into effect next year. 

We just voted out a School Board that did not listen to the citizens. It is time the citizens take a hard look at the individuals running for reelection to the supervisor positions in the county come November. Sixty cents per $100 equates to $180 on a $30,000 vehicle. Most elderly people on Social Security or financially disenfranchised could eat/exist for at least two weeks on that. 

I wonder: Maybe the Supervisors saw a citizen that was somewhat overweight, then thought, “Well now, the citizens of the county are overweight. We can put them on a diet by reducing their income, thereby making them more healthy.” 

Yes, sir, gaining defeat from victory is the right and just way to proceed. Just because a tax avenue exists does not make it justifiable. Citizens, come November, make that the two-week period you give up existence and vote, vote, vote.


Ray Baxter